DIY Envelopes + a Custom Cash Envelope Tutorial

making your own scrap book paper envelope

Today, I'm sharing all things envelopes!

This morning I led out in the craft for our church's Mom's Cafe, and we made our own envelopes.

I chose this project because:
1. I love all of the pretty scrapbook paper options, but I don't scrapbook so it's fun finding other uses for it.
2. Receiving these pretty things in the mail would be so fun among all the junk and bills.
3. They're incredibly useful if you're into couponing or use cash for budgeting (a la Dave Ramsey, see our cash envelope system >> here).

Keep reading for links to some of my favorite envelope tutorials, as well as my own tutorial on making a custom cash envelope. Enjoy!


Envelope Tutorials



Cash Envelope System Template and Tutorial

This is a thorough tutorial including envelope templates. HOWEVER, the template is for a standard envelope, which is a little bigger than needed for cash and doesn't fit right in my wallet without getting bent up. I used her standard envelope template for the envelope pictured above that will be sent in the mail. Then I created my own cash-sized envelope template (see below).


Easy Tiny Envelopes

This tutorial shows how to open an envelope you already have and use it as a template to make more. This is perfect if you have a set of envelopes that you like but are running out, if you have a cardset but want to replace the basic white envelope that came with it, or if you receive a unique envelope and want to replicate it. This is probably easiest on mini envelopes, but could work on any size.


Heart Envelopes, Heart Envelope Card

These hearts-turned-envelopes are a fun idea. Perhaps a Valentine's project for Brylee?


How-to Make a Custom Cash Envelope System


Most tutorials I found for a cash envelope system use standard size envelopes, which are a little too big for the average wallet. Here is how to make your own template for a cash-sized envelope, with steps on creating the whole system for your wallet.


MATERIALS
crisp dollar bill (or any other denomination of paper money)
pencil
paper
scissors
cardstock or lightweight cardboard (i.e., cereal box)
extras (sharpee/marker, scrapbook paper, cardstock / craft paper, labels, hole punch, ribbon or twine)

making a custom-cash envelope template

Making a Cash-Envelope Template


1 |  Place bill diagonally in the center of the paper. Begin tracing along one short side and one long side of bill. Scoot bill up about 1-2cm or 1/2 in. keeping it in line with the tracing already done. Finish tracing side and now top edge. Do again to complete the rectangle, making sure the lines connect to form four straight / even edges.

2 |  Crease bill in half vertically and horizontally. Unfold, then refold vertically. Line up centered about 1/2 in. from one short edge and mark at center crease.

3 |  Place bill diagonally and trace a straight line to connect corner with mark. Repeat to complete triangle. Repeat steps 2 and 3 for other short side of the template.

4 |  Place unfolded bill centered along bottom line and mark at bottom center crease. Draw a slight diagonal from corners to bill, about a 1/2 inch.

5 |  Use edge of bill to draw a straight line connecting short line to dot and repeat for other side. Repeat for top of template.

6 |  Cut out template. Fold in sides.

7 |  Fold up bottom and use bill to draw a straight line between sides. Cut along line. Finish folding envelope and make sure everything lines up and the front looks like a rectangle. Make adjustments if necessary.

8 |  Use a Sharpee or other thick marker to trace template onto a thin piece of cardboard or thick cardstock. (Cereal boxes from recycling work great--they're easy to cut but thick enough to make tracing easy.) Carefully cut out template staying on the inside of the thick line.

9 |  Carefully cut out template staying on the inside of the thick line. Mark that it's a cash envelope.



It's time to make some envelopes!


Place cardboard template on patterned paper. Trace with Sharpee or other thick marker. Cut on the inside of the thick line. Fold in sides (tips should be pointing to each other) and fold up bottom (should draw straight line between sides). Use glue or rolling tape to secure bottom flap to sides.

Fold down top. Cut a slit to insert tip of flap if you wish for the envelope to remain closed when not in use. Or fold flap inside of envelope (easier done before gluing bottom and sides together).

Attach labels. A label folded along top is more useful when flipping through envelopes, especially if they will be kept in a wallet. Otherwise labels on the fronts of the envelop can be fun.


how to make a cash envelope system fit for a wallet

Making a cash envelope system for your wallet...


1 |  Use folded envelope to trace a rectangle out of cardstock, craft paper or light cardboard. Cut out rectangle.

2 |  Mark dots about an inch apart alone one long side of rectangle. Use a small hole-punch to punch holes. Use rectangle to mark dots along bottom of envelopes, and punch holes.

3 |  Stack envelopes, and use twine or ribbon to whip stitch envelopes and cardstock together. (Feed twine in from bottom and wrap it around to go back up through the bottom of the next hole.)

4 |  Make sure the twine is loose enough to flip through envelopes easily. Tie off at the ends.

5 |  Insert rectangle into the back pocket of your wallet. Cash envelopes will rest inside the wallet when closed, and are easily accessible when you need them.


custom cash envelope system

cash category envelopes in wallet

cash envelopes in wallet

Happy envelope-making!

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